CHICAGO — Exelon announced today that it appointed Admiral John Richardson to its board of directors. Richardson, 59, served as the 31st Chief of U.S. Naval Operations until his recent retirement from the Navy.
“Admiral Richardson’s experience leading the U.S. Navy and serving on the Joint Chiefs of Staff during two presidential administrations will be a critical asset to our board,” said Mayo Shattuck, chairman of Exelon. “His depth of experience in nuclear oversight and his operational expertise are invaluable.”
Prior to his current role, Admiral Richardson contributed to teams in the U.S. Navy that were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation and the Navy “E” Ribbon. He was also awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for his time in command of the USS Honolulu in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Admiral Richardson has served the Navy for more than 30 years, including in the attack submarine division on the Chief of Naval Operations staff; as naval aide to the President; as director of Naval Reactors; and as director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command, among other positions.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in physics, Richardson holds masters’ degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and in national security strategy from the National War College. Admiral Richardson will join Exelon’s Finance and Risk and Generation Oversight Committees.